This year Samsung is upgrading its mid-range game with some welcome additions to the successors of the two very popular mid-rangers, the Galaxy A71 and the Galaxy A51. The Galaxy A72 and the Galaxy A52 4G and A52 5G are now here, bringing improvements in the camera department, and higher, smoother display refresh rates. Both phones come in a very similar design, hardly distinguishable from one another, so if you’re wondering which one to go for, we will help you find the answer in this article!
Galaxy A52 4G vs Galaxy A52 5G differences
Before we start with the comparison, we will address the differences between the Galaxy A52 5G and the 4G-only version. They are indeed slim, but worth mentioning. First off, we have a 120Hz refresh rate on the 5G version, while the 4G only is limited at 90Hz, and the 5G version has a slightly faster processor. Apart from that, the design, the camera systems, and the batteries are identical between the two models.
Here, the difference between the Galaxy A72 and the Galaxy A52 boils down to the actual phone size, and with that being said, the phone size is not at all that different either. You can hardly feel it when holding both devices in your hands. The Galaxy A52 has a 6.5-inch display, while the A72 is slightly larger, at 6.7-inches, but notice that here we talk about a 0.2-inch size difference in the displays, and it is indeed a minuscule difference in overall phone sizes as well. Both midrangers sport the same set of fresh new colors: Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, and Awesome Pink, and have a sleek look with a tiny hole-punch selfie camera at the front.
Both phones have plastic backs, but nonetheless, they feel solid in the hand, with the Galaxy A72 has a slightly better weight distribution than the A52. The Galaxy A52 weighs 189g and the Galaxy A72 – 203g, and despite the Galaxy A72 being the heavier device, it is very comfortable in the hand.
Galaxy A72 vs Galaxy A52 5G display
6.7-inch FullHD+ Super AMOLED Plus screen vs 6.5-inch FullHD+ Super AMOLED screen
90Hz display refresh rate
The first thing that is notable in the display comparison between the two phones is the refresh rates. The Galaxy A52 4G sports a 90Hz display refresh rate, and so does the Galaxy A72, while the Galaxy A52 5G model has the almighty 120Hz display refresh rate, a feature seen in flagship models such as the phones from the Galaxy S21 series. However, keep in mind that the difference between 90Hz and 120Hz is barely noticeable with the naked eye, and does not even compare to the difference between, say, 60Hz and 90Hz (which is quite drastic). That being said, both phones’ displays look smooth and beautiful enough, in addition to the deep blacks and rich colors that the AMOLED screens provide.
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
We find a small difference in display sizes, as the A52 is the smaller device with its 6.5-inch display. However, a 6.5-inch display is not small enough to be called a compact phone, so both are still quite big. The A72 has a 6.7-inch display. Additionally, both phones have a resolution of 2,400 x 1,800 pixels, but understandably, the smaller Galaxy A52 5G’s pixel density is slightly bigger at around 407ppi, while the Galaxy A72 5G has around 394ppi. The difference in a few pixels is not distinguishable with the naked eye.
If you’re keen on having more screen real estate, the Galaxy A72 will provide you with that, although the difference between it and the A52 is not as enormous, as, say, between the iPhone 12 and the 12 mini.
Apart from that, the Galaxy A72’s gets a bit more bright in the direct sunlight, yet again, the difference isn’t major. For color profiles, the Galaxy A72 offers Vivid and Natural mode, while the A52 offers the same Vivid mode, and a Basic one if you don’t want that strong colors and bright colors.
Galaxy A72 vs Galaxy A52 5G hardware and performance
Snadragon 720G for 4G variants
6 or 8GB of RAM
Minimum 128GB of storage
You might be surprised to hear that actually, the two phones sport very similar hardware characteristics. First off, we have the same processor that powers the two: Snapdragon 720G for the 4G LTE ones, and Snapdragon 750G for the 5G variants (the A72 5G is still unannounced, so keep this in mind info on it is still unconfirmed).
The Galaxy A52 comes with 6 or 8GB of RAM onboard, which is the same for the A72. Of course, RAM and storage may depend on your market as well. Both 6 and 8 gigs of RAM are indeed sufficient for your everyday multitasking needs, so both phones perform similarly in everyday usage. We noticed some unintrusive hiccups in the performance of the Galaxy A52, and the Galaxy A72 is a bit slow to load heavy games as well, but apart from that, both phones offer solid enough performance for your everyday tasks such as browsing and media consumption.
If the T-Rex HD component of GFXBench is demanding, then the Manhattan test is downright gruelling. It's a GPU-centric test that simulates an extremely graphically intensive gaming environment that is meant to push the GPU to the max. that simulates a graphically-intensive gaming environment on the screen. The results achieved are measured in frames per second, with more frames being better.
AnTuTu is a multi-layered, comprehensive mobile benchmark app that assesses various aspects of a device, including CPU, GPU, RAM, I/O, and UX performance. A higher score means an overall faster device.
As for software, both come with One UI 3.1 on top of Android 11. For those of you who have used a Samsung phone before, you will feel right at home with the multitude of features and customization options both phones offer. And if you’re not a power user, you can grab both phones and start using them right away and still get a great performance out of them. Otherwise, you can customize your notifications, your audio output (with Dolby Atomos settings, present on both), the Always-On displays, and many other features.
For that price range, both phones perform perfectly acceptable.
Galaxy A72 vs Galaxy A52 5G cameras
Quad cameras, main 64MP sensors
A72 has an 8MP 2x telephoto lens
In the camera department, the only notable hardware difference between the two phones is the 8MP telephoto lens that the Galaxy A72 rocks. The telephoto sensor replaces what is a depth sensor on the Galaxy A71, and the sensor provides 3x optical zoom, which should technically give better zoom-in photos. On top of that, the A72 is capable of going all the way up to 30x zoom, which is more than most phones in this price range can zoom. The Galaxy A52 can go up to 10 times zoom, while the A72 up to 30 times zoom.
The Galaxy A52, on the other hand, doesn’t have a telephoto lens but has a 5MP depth sensor and a 5MP macro camera. Both phones feature the same 32MP selfie cameras.
In terms of the actual photo quality that both phones produce, a reasonable level of detail is present and true-to-life colors. We can see that in some of the shots below, the Galaxy A52 produced more vivid colors that look quite pleasing to the eye. Images from both phones have a pretty good dynamic range and we see a lot of details. Both phones also have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which helps with videos and photos.
Let’s check out some samples:
Galaxy A52 ultra-wide
Galaxy A72 ultra-wide
As you can see, the selfie camera on the front of both devices produces almost identical photos, in terms of quality.
A52: 10x zoom, maximum
A72: 10x zoom
A72: 20x zoom
A72: 30x zoom
The zoom quality of both phones produces similar results on 10x. The A52 doesn't go up to 30x zoom; however, the 30x zoomed photo is hardly a social-media-friendly photo.
For low-light images, the camera performance is again similar:
Galaxy A72 vs Galaxy A52 5G battery life
5,000mAh vs 4,500mAh
25W fast charging for both
Here, the Galaxy A72 is able to pull around 40 minutes to an hour on top of what the Galaxy A52's battery is capable of handling, which isn’t that big of a difference, but it is there. The A72 has a massive 5,000mAh battery, while Galaxy A52 comes with a 4,500mAh battery cell.
In our extensive battery tests, the Galaxy A72 constantly had around 40 minutes to an hour on top of its smaller sibling and managed to charge from 0% to 100% a bit faster. Of course, both phones come with 15W chargers in the box, not the 25W fast chargers they both support, but hey, at least they come with a charger!
Galaxy A72 vs Galaxy A52 5G price and availability
€449 vs €349 and €429 for the A52 5G
The phones have been announced with European pricing and will hit the shelves in the US a bit later. Additionally, we expect the 5G variant of the Galaxy A72 to have a higher price, but it is unknown at the moment, as this phone has not been announced yet. Most likely, the situation with it will be the same as last year when Samsung announced the Galaxy A72 5G in the summer. The A72, the A52, and the A52 5G are now available for purchase through Samsung.com, and in the US, they are available for now only on B&H.
After all, which phone you should go for at this stage boils down to whether or not you want a bigger phone with a bigger battery, and whether or not you think you can benefit from the 8MP telephoto lens the A72 sports. Additionally, if you want a 5G-ready device right now, you can only get the A52, as the A72 with 5G has not been announced yet. Apart from those differences, the phones are indeed pretty similar.
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